How do you collect questions?
We collect questions through this website (top of the page!)
Are there questions you do not accept?
All questions asked make it to the question archive unless they don’t meet the website’s guidelines for decorum,
fairness or obvious conflicts of interest. We do not investigate questions about WMUK.
How do you pick the questions for voting rounds?
WMUK producers and editors identify questions that have potential to be answered by staff, freelancers, or volunteers. Often, WMUK staff will look for a theme (e.g., “history”) and fill the voting round with questions related to the theme. Editors and producers also consider regional diversity, tone, or timeliness.
Sometimes we will deliberately create voting rounds with no obvious theme, so we can gauge the public’s interest in novel topics.
What happens if my question is in a voting round?
First off, congratulations! We typically keep votes open for anywhere from one to several weeks, a range that allows us to juggle schedules for reporters, producers and show hosts. We notify question submitters of how long the round will last so they can ask friends, family and social networks for their support.
If your question does win a vote you’re in for double congratulations! WMUK staff will discuss options of how you might participate in the investigation, depending on your interest and schedule, as well as the schedule of reporters or producers.
What happens if my question is in a voting round and doesn’t win? Will it still get answered?
There is hope for your question! WMUK editors and producers regularly scan the question archive. Often, they’ll investigate questions that never made to a voting round. Or, they’ll find that a question has already been answered in some way — either through a previous WMUK investigation or story, show segment, interview or Web story.
There’s another way your question may be answered: The public weighs in! Anyone can comment on questions. If you know the answer to someone else’s question or even have leads or points others should consider, don’t be shy! Let them know the information you have and whenever possible, cite your sources.
Why do you change the wording of some questions when they enter a voting round?
WMUK staff edit some questions for clarity and brevity. Editors and producers attempt to recast otherwise relevant questions that mischaracterize small details or remain too broad. The goal is to indicate what lines of investigation WMUK is likely to pursue, so the public can clearly understand the choices and vote deliberately.